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One of the top stayers in training – winning the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2016 before being beaten a short head by Big Orangeeuybszeywfwbwdaaxy in a tremendous renewal when defending his crown 12 months later.
The Galileo colt won the Gold Cup in 2016 tremendous style by three lengths from Mizzou despite Ryan Moore, his jockey, calculating he had to ride “four different races” in what was a rough renewal.
Order Of St George had at least 8lb in hand of his rivals going into the Gold Cup according to the handicapper – not surprising given he was the highest-rated horse in Ireland in 2015 (rating of 124) after a runaway 11-length win in the Irish St Leger.
He easily won his next race after the Gold Cup but then suffered a shock defeat, at 1-7, when defending his Irish St Leger crown.
He showed that to be all wrong when dropped back in trip for the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe – running a blinder to finish third behind stablemates Found and Highland Reel.
Order Of St George was possibly still feeling the effects of that effort when only fourth in the Group Two QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Champions Day.
He began his 2017 campaign with a creditable second at Navan in a Group 3 races over 1m 6f before landing the Beg Stakes at Leopardstown over the same trip.
Then came that agonising defeat at Royal Ascot, before a second runaway win in the Irish St Leger, a fourth in the Arc and a dour victory in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup on Champions Day at Ascot.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien said after the Champions Day success: “He never stops. In any race he’s ever run in, he always finishes them. He’s never, ever stopping. You saw him in the Gold Cup and the Irish Leger – sometimes the line comes too quick, but he doesn’t stop. He’s tough and he’s hard, and Ryan gave him a great ride.
“That’s him done for this year. I hope he is staying in training though. A mile and a half is no problem to him – he’s very comfortable at a mile and a half.”
Refreshed by his winter break, Order Of St George was not extended to make the most of straightforward tasks on his first two starts in 2018 but his usual spark was missing when he contested the Gold Cup for a third time and finished fourth behind Stradivarius.
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